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Berk's Blog - 08/18/13

By Mike Berk  Follow on Twitter @mike_berk

Reds were right at home, albeit on the road, with Homer Bailey on Sunday.  Needing a win to snap a two-game losing streak, and at least keep pace with Pittsburgh and St. Louis, Bailey delivered another quality start.

Bailey went eight innings, allowing just three hits and one run, while striking out eight Brewers en route to a 9-1 win.  The victory allowed the Reds to earn a split of the four-game set in Milwaukee, giving them a record of 5-2 during their week-long road trip.   It's also interesting to note the Reds scored all those runs without hitting a home run.  They played small-ball on Sunday and doing that successfully this season has been a weakness.  Their nine runs came on 10 hits.
The Reds travel home now for seven games at Great American Ball Park with the Diamondbacks and Brewers.  Arizona trails Cincinnati for the 2nd and final wildcard spot in the National League.  If the Reds can win 3 of those 4 games, or all four, they could essentially cut the head off the snakes from the Phoenix desert and put all of their attention on catching the Pirates and Cardinals.

Only two of this weeks home games wont begin at 7:10pm.  It's a 12:35pm first pitch time for Thursdays finale with Arizona, and they will start at their usual Sunday time of 1:10pm against Milwaukee.

MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 18: Homer Bailey #34 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the bottom of the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on August 18, 2013 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

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